We LOVE WISH! It has been a warm and rich learning environment for our daughter who is in her third year. The teachers are all passionate about their work - often spending summers doing workshops to learn the most innovative teaching techniques. The administrators are all parents as well, and 100% invested the providing both top notch education, individualized to meet all children's needs and a whole child approach that includes music, art, physical education, service learning, and so much more! And, with all things, leadership starts from the top, and our Principal, Dr. Shawna Draxton, sets a wonderful tone that follows throughout the whole school. The parent community is hands-on and passionate, full of can-do people who bring energy, warmth and a sense of community to this amazing school. We are lucky and proud to be part of it.
Westside Innovative School House (WISH) is an excellent school that excels at meeting students where they are in the learning process and supporting their education from that point forward. The educators and administrators are incredibly engaged and supportive of all students and receptive to feedback, questions, suggestions and concerns from parents at all times. The WISH community is inspiring in its efforts to bring as many opportunities to the students, and will work together to make things happen whether it be moving an entire school or raising money for a classroom. It is exciting to be part of a program that really respects the individual student, and while academics are very important, so are other things like building character and community among the students. WISH is also excellent at recognizing the importance of all students at ALL ability levels, and creating an inclusive atmosphere that is also adopted by the young students, which is heartening to see. WISH is truly a gem among charter schools.
WISH is such an incredible school! I can't imagine loving a school more than WISH and my kids feel the same. They absolutely love going to school because the teachers are fun, compassionate, and make learning interesting. My children are thriving and I am so thankful to all of the teachers and staff. The climate on campus is truly collaborative and empowering.
This is our 4th year at WISH. I was really nervous when we made the jump in 1st grade from our local school to a new charter, but it's turned out better than I could ever have hoped. No more over crowded classrooms, snarling ladies in the office, unsupported teachers, or unresponsive principle. When the children have conflicts or require discipline it is always dealt with in a respectful way that still resolves the issue and teaches all involved a lesson. All that and my daughter is getting an amazing and individualized education.
To add to my post below, we are entering our THIRD YEAR at WISH and we feel as enthusiastic about it today as we did in 2011!
What is a great school? WISH CHARTER! The feeling of community is truly what sets it apart from others. The staff and families work together to make great things happen and all are invested in it. I WANT to cut out box tops for WISH. I WANT to collect all our recycling for WISH. I WANT to be a part of my sons school. To be a part of WISH is to be a part of something much bigger and my child feels it too. Everyday he is excited about the learning adventures, feels secure and is happy. He is involved in his learning. He is respectful and kind to himself, friends, and environment. Mind you it takes a village - a village of dedicated and hardworking individuals - and WISH is a village of just that. We are lucky to be a part of this school - they see the big picture while nurturing the individual. Amazing community of people!
Finding out your child has a disability is a shock. Finding out that the schools where you live are unable to give him what he needs to succeed is beyond comprehension. My son is thriving at WISH Charter Elementary. We were fortunate enough to have enrolled there from the beginning and since that time, he has not only been supported in every way, he's gone from saying "no math!" to listing his favorite subjects in this order: MATH, ALGEBRA and now GEOMETRY. The staff of WISH Charter is committed to individualized curriculum for each child. When issues arise, they are most often shared by informing parents of the SOLUTIONS determined by teachers collaborating, rather than saddling the parents with the problem. There's a reason WISH was the only charter school in the nation to be recognized for its exemplary practices, receiving the prestigious SWIFT Award. We are so lucky to have this shining example of inclusive education right here in Los Angeles, and LAUSD should continue to do whatever it takes to support the tireless efforts of the WISH community to serve ALL children. Principal Draxton deserves every recognition for her exemplary leadership and inspiring example,
WISH Charter has become a "wish come true" for us! We have been there for three years - starting our fourth. I have an incoming 2nd grader and one in kinder. The teachers are young and enthusiastic - full of fresh ideas and committed to working closely with fellow teachers/ staff members. They meet daily to review their days' successes and challenges and to constantly strive to improve - and it shows! The atmosphere at WISH is warm and happy - the kids are thriving. The curriculum is challenging and presented in new and innovative ways. My kids love WISH!
PROS: When it comes to leadership WISH gets 5 stars. There is great administrative leadership and parent leadership, and wonderful teachers. The culture of the school is collaborative. They have an open door policy and any problems or concerns are heard and directed immediately. Ideas are welcomed and parent participation is encouraged. The demographics is pretty diverse and reflective of the Westchester and neighboring communities. Special needs children are integrated in the classrooms with paraprofessionals. All students have individualized curriculum that fits their needs and academic levels. WISH takes advantage of community resources and welcomes them on campus. CONS: The greatest con to WISH is that it lacks District support. Administration and parents are constantly fighting for their rights. (e.g. The district was supposed to test our children for GATE last year and they never sent out the psychologist after the school repeatedly requested it). Funding is lacking, so parents have to raise the deficit. The school has to share a campus with a middle school. Overall, this school is a GREAT SCHOOL and I am very happy to be a part of it!
Our son is in his second year at WISH Charter, and we could not be happier with this school. What a wonderful learning community this school is! We love that, as parents, we are welcomed at the school anytime and can participate in the classroom learning. The staff is an amazing group of truly caring people. Dr. Draxton is an incredible leader and her devotion to the school is demonstrated everyday. And Ms. Felicia is just plain incredible!! We really love WISH and feel blessed to be here.
(a father's perspective) After only four days of being a WISH parent, I can easily tell you why we're so thrilled to be here. Our daughter is very tentative socially. Seeing this on day 1, her kindergarten teacher held her hand as they walked to the yard and had her sit at her side when they sat in a group. Day 3, drop off was tearful, so the principal came out, took her hand, spoke sweetly with her, then texted my wife a photo of her happy in her classroom 10 minutes later. How she found time to do this during her busy first week of school on a new campus, I'm just so impressed. Today I expressed (via email) a concern to her teacher and got a very warm, thoughtful and honestly caring response remarkable fast (after class). Between the Office Manager, the Finance Manager, the Principal and our Kindergarten Teacher, I'm so deeply impress and so happy to be here. In fact, we're so happy here that I passed on our late acceptance to the school that had been my higher choice prior to meeting the WISH crew in the days before school began. Hands down, it's a great place to be and we're lucky to be here. Oh, and she came home today, her 4th day of kindergarten, talking about consonants.
My oldest will be heading into the 3rd grade at WISH this year. She was in the first ever Kindergarten class at WISH. I have another daughter who will join her sister at WISH this year! We have watched WISH grow from the roots and are excited about the move to the Orville Wright building. A great School finally has true school grounds!! The teachers and staff are amazing. I am astounded at the parent involvement as well. Especially during the move. After spending the day helping set up, it was heartwarming to know our school has so many dedicated families within. Go Owls!
I have two children at WISH. They love the school and so do I. The principal is very involved and the teachers have been responsive to my concerns. The only issue I have with WISH is the after school program Rainbow. Unlike the rest of the elementary schools in Westchester and Playa Del Rey, they do not have the STAR program. They offer Rainbow which is filled with nice teachers that should be teaching preschool, not to mention the fact that the cost is based on a daily rate instead of the flat fees that the STAR Program offers. It is extremely expensive and glorified babysitting. This is the one negative mark on the school. I would suggest finding a different after school program if you are able.
Not all schools are "one size fits all" and some people will have bad experiences whilst others will thrive in the same place. But the integrity and spirit of Wish is first rate! And my daughter has thrived and loved every single day. She wants to go to school everyday. She is in kindergarten and has learned to read and write and spell and do math and fulfill her potential. We could not be more happy with a school. We are grateful for Wish Charter
We are so grateful to be part of the WISH community. From the quality of the teachers, to the amazingly responsive administration, to the super-engaged parent community and last but not least wonderful children, WISH has been a dream come true for us. It's our son's second year there and he is thriving academically, making great friendships, and developing a strong character. We found both his K and 1st grade teachers very responsive and involved in each student's performance. The smaller class size and IWT (intensive workshop time) provide a lot of opportunity for each student to receive individual attention. We can't wait for our daughter to join the WISH family when she is old enough!
WISH is a remarkable school that often cited as an example of that charter schools should be. WISH employs cutting-edge educational methods, small class sizes an economically and racially diverse student body and extensive enrichment, including music art and dance. The teachers are not only wonderful at their job, they help to create a warm atmosphere in which students thrive. The parents are among the most committed and involved group that can be imagined. We are very lucky to have found WISH and will remain in the area primarily because of the school.
My daughter is entering her second year at WISH and we couldn't be more pleased with the school. WISH wasn't our first choice school but we wouldn't even considering leaving this school after being a part of this great community. The teachers are wonderful, the kids are happy, the parents are so devoted and involved and Principal Draxton is just amazing. She is always hands on and walking around the school helping and problem solving with a smile on her face. I love the approach to learning and school is something my daughter looks forward to. I am also impressed with how many supplies are already provided for the kids making back to school shopping not at all stressful. Kids attending this school are a very lucky group.
I absolutely LOVE this school!!!! My son went to TK this year and had Ms. KZ. She is one of the most amazing teachers I have ever encountered. I don't think I could have have pieced together a better teacher. She gives the kids a love of learning while always giving each child special attention. She truly loves her students and they adore her! The school as a whole is amazing. There is so many wonderful families that are so involved in making the school what it is. The principal and staff are wonderful. I feel like I have won the lottery to be a part of this school!!!
This is a truly amazing school. From the dedicated, hard-working principal and office team to the amazing teachers, this school delivers. The whole-child approach if for real. Science, arts, writing etc...all in a very confidence-building environment. I dont think I've come across 1 child from the 200+ students who isn't thriving or a parent who doesn't thank their lucky-stars every day that their child is here. Oh and the WCA parent group works very well with the staff, supporting the end goal of a focused educational experience.
I have 2 kids who attend and it is our 2nd year at Wish. Wish is just about everything we dreamed for our children's school. Music twice a week, art, PE, gardens, recycling, composting, healthy hot lunches, community circle, library, service learning, after school enrichment classes, community education speakers for parents, hand on learning, technology , small class size, and most important awesome and loving teachers. A school really is about the teachers, staff and principal. Wonderful people is what makes a school more then a building. We've had experience with four amazing and top notch teachers so far. My children talk about their teachers like they are a part of our family. I am so happy that social skills is part of their learning along with science, writers workshop, constructivist math and reading, dance, etc. We have the best Principal ever. She is great with the children and always there for them walking around the playground at recess. My child was having a hard time coming to school at first. Our principal took the time to greet him in the morning and help walk him to class. As a parent I couldn't ask for a better example of a dedicated and caring school leader.
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